Men and premature deaths

It is a general fact that men have shorter life span than women. Dig through some health sites for some explanation about that fact because I am not going to post that here anymore. This is the bad news, and bad news doesn’t deserve that much space in this post. Let’s focus on the good news, shall we?

The good news is, the factors that most threaten men’s lives, ergo the shorter life span, are largely preventable. Statistics show that nearly 80 percent of male deaths are largely attributed to just ten causes. Knowing these causes and how to avoid them can help a lot to promote healthy living among men which would then in turn, allow them to live longer.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention points to heart disease and cancer as the top men-killers of today. Other causes of male deaths include stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, suicide, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and unintentional injuries such as car crashes, poisoning or workplace injuries.

The experts of Mayo Clinic have formulated risk reduction strategies to combat these leading killers of men. Exercising, eating better, cutting alcohol intake, quitting smoking and having regular preventive health screening with a physician are some of the recommended tips.

Premature deaths among men might have also been caused by inherited traits and male sex hormones. Certain lifestyle behaviors may prove to be one of the causes of these premature deaths. Statistics show that men are more likely to smoke, drink, use illicit drugs, and engage in casual sex than are women. Men are also more likely to take risks as they are more aggressive than women. This aggressive behavior in men supports the fact why they have a higher risk of dying from accidents, suicide and homicide.

By recognizing the factors that affect their lives, men can take steps in order to reduce the risks of premature deaths from these common causes. That is, if men ever want to really live longer.

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